Senate President, David Mark and President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari in Closed Door Meeting.


Senate President, David Mark and President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday had a closed-door meeting in Abuja. Although details of the meeting was not disclosed, it was rumored that the closed door meeting had to do with issues of governance.

The meeting, which held at the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign office, lasted about 30 minutes.

Special Adviser to the Senate President, Kola Ologbondiyan told Premium Times that he is unaware of the details of the meeting. He could not also say if the meeting was at the instance of Mr. Buhari or Mr. Mark.

David Mark who won re-election to represent Benue South Senatorial District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, will be leaving the office of the senate president in other to pave way for an APC senator to assume office. This is  due to the fact that APC form the majority in the upper legislative chamber.

Mr. Mark had recently vowed not to dump the PDP, which lost power at the centre in the March 28 presidential election to the opposition All Progressives Congress.

“Before I go and sit down I have heard by way of rumour to start with in the social media that I am decamping to APC. Social media is awash with that. If I will be the last man standing I will remain in PDP,” Mr. Mark said at a church service to mark his 67th birthday anniversary earlier this month.

“The rumour is just an unnecessary fabrication and I even heard that one of the papers yesterday had it as headline. The media men must please make sure they investigate cases before they begin to publish it.

“Nobody has spoken to me from APC. I have no reasons whatsoever to leave PDP, no reasons. I have risen to where I am on the platform of PDP. PDP has a manifesto and I believe in it.”

Mr. Mark who said he would try to restructure the party and take it back to winning ways. He said; “This is democracy, there will be winner and there will be loser and the loser must accept it and the winner must accept it. It is not anything new to us.”

The Senate President lambasted those leaving the PDP for APC, describing them as “fair weather friends of PDP”.

He stressed, “When PDP bounces back in few years in the next couple of elections or next election they will come back again to PDP. So they will move. Those ones are not really the issues.”